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CM Punk Shares, Deletes Post Saying He Wasn’t Cleared To Wrestle Jon Moxley In August, Calls Chris Jericho & Dave Meltzer Liars

March 23, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
CM Punk AEW All Out Image Credit: AEW

CM Punk got people talking with a posted and then-deleted Instagram Story in which he says he wasn’t cleared to wrestle Jon Moxley in AEW Dynamite last August. Punk posted to his Instagram to share a post in which he explained his side of what happened when he lost to Jon Moxley in a squash match to unify the AEW World Championship before they did battle at AEW All Out 2022, where Punk defeated Moxley to win the title.

Punk, who had been coming back from a foot injury that he had suffered at AEW Double or Nothing in May of last year, wrote in his now-deleted story:

SIGH. I wasn’t cleared to come back to wrestle yet. Then plan was to wrestle at the ppv. I sat and listened to Moxley’s Rocky three idea. I explained how I’d never seen a Rocky movie and thought the idea sucked but if the boss wanted to do it whatever. He said he wouldn’t lose to me. I’d never experienced someone refusing to lose to me. I just laughed. I asked Tony if this was what he wanted. He said yes. He’s the boss so I said okay but I’d need to be cleared first. They kept saying it could just be a squash so I didn’t need to be cleared. I scoffed at that. My health is more important.

Dave Meltzer is a liar. Jericho is a liar and a stooge. There were plans but plans always change but I’ll never put a company above my health ever again.”

As noted by WrestlingNews.co, the post seems to be a response to a post made on the Wrestling Observer Board by Meltzer in which Meltzer wrote:

“Do you know why they didn’t advertise Punk vs. Moxley longer and wmy it had a short build? Because Punk agreed to it, then AEW got a legal letter saying he wasn’t down with it and wasn’t doing it and ithey didn’t know if he’d come until Tony put his foot down. There are a lot of nice things you can say about him, and you can absolutely argue his position on Moxley was correct, but you can’t argue he willingly did what he was asked in that scenario.”